Is it Pentecost or Christmas? Just look at all those gifts! … Saturday, May 11

English: A Christmas Tree at Home

Pentecost or Christmas???

A Rosary Meditation … The Third Glorious Mystery, the Descent of the Holy Spirit. “Repent and be baptized; and you will receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38. Wouldn’t do much good for those listening to Peter that day to be baptized and there be no repentance, would there? Remember the Pharisees and Sadducees, when they came to the baptism of John? They were turned away because their hearts weren’t right.

Matthew 3:4 And the same John had his garment of camels’ hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins: and his meat was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then went out to him Jerusalem and all Judea, and all the country about Jordan: 6 And were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. 7 And seeing many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them: Ye brood of vipers, who hath shewed you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bring forth therefore fruit worthy of penance. 9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham for our father. For I tell you that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham. 10 For now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that doth not yield good fruit, shall be cut down, and cast into the fire. 11 I indeed baptize you in the water unto penance, but he that shall come after me, is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear; he shall baptize you in the Holy Ghost and fire. 12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his floor and gather his wheat into the barn; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.

Remember what Jesus said about those folks who, if they believed and were baptized would be saved? But that the ones not believing, and He didn’t mention baptism at this point, would be lost, obviously with or without baptism?

Mark 16:16 “He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned.”

There’s a lot involved in “Repent and be baptized”, isn’t there? It’s important because of what it leads up to, and a big part of what it leads up to is, ” … and you will receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit.” Its not everyone who can receive, and bottom line no one is worthy, but God is merciful and makes a way out of love for us.

Notice the word “gifts”, plural. I’ve seen different lists, you probably have too. Some are based solely on Bible verses while others take into consideration sound theological (Bible study) principles. And these lists often differ. There are reasons for that, like using different Bible verses and different theological starting points. So which list or lists are valid? And the answer is a very simple, “All  of them.” But how can that be so? Again the answer is simple.

How many gifts are there? How many gifts of the Holy Spirit does it take to complete a Christian? To make the Church, and the individual, whole and functional? How many gifts are there? Oh, that’s easy …

As many as it takes.

Today …

St. Gangulphus



St. Gangulphus

St. Gangulphus

Patron invoked by husbands unhappily married; tanners, shoemakers, children, and horses; invoked against knee pains, sicknesses affecting the eyes and skin; invoked against marital difficulties and adultery. Martyred hermit. He was a Burgundian of France, who was prominent in the court until retiring to become a recluse. He was slain by a lover of his wife. Amazing resume in so few words, isn’t it? A patron of lots and lots of things, serious things. How many gifts of the Holy Spirit are manifested here?
Consider the gifts it takes, the gifts He offers, the gifts available … Jude 1:24 Now to him who is able to preserve you without sin, and to present you spotless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, in the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, 25 To the only God our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory and magnificence, empire and power, before all ages, and now, and for all ages of ages. Amen.
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